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The High North

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Abstract

The High North is currently one of the key areas on a global scale whose importance for Europe cannot be overestimated. It also concerns the regions of the USA and Canada (which are sometimes referred to as Far North), but in the European context—which is the subject matter of this work—it encompasses both a part of the continent, and the islands as well as the seas (the Barents Sea, the Greenland Sea) situated beyond the polar circle. In the era of high prices of energy resources and climate warming, the region is characterized by a high level of activity and also a certain nervousness of the states of that region, both of which influence international relations on a scale going beyond the interests of our hemisphere only. In practice, that involves a clear orientation of interests, and not political rhetoric only, the more so as the region truly possesses a high potential allowing for economic growth in at least a few sectors.

Keywords

Key area globally Discoveries, scientific research International interests Arctic resources Arctic sea routes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jan Kochanowski UniversityKielcePoland

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